Summary of 1 Kings 4:29-34:
Solomon was wise, and people came from all over to hear his wisdom. He spoke proverbs and wrote songs. He knew of everything.
BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1: Lesson 24, Day 5: 1 Kings 4:29-34:
12) Part personal Question. My answer: God granted Solomon riches, wealth, honor, discernment, and wisdom. It’s all about God’s timing. When it’s right in your life, it will happen.
13) Personal Question. My answer: Solomon was wise in every way like God, and it appears it was used for good. God’s wisdom leads to a good life with good deeds and a heart for God’s ways. We use it for His glory and His good.
14) Part personal question. My answer; Solomon learned that with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. Wisdom is better than folly. Wisdom brightens a man’s face and changes its hard appearance. Sometimes it is better not to know than to know because once you know, you have no excuse not to act. We know about other countries and the atrocities that happen there. We know about the poor around the world and around ourselves. We know the need. Once you know, you must act. There is a bliss about ignorance and youth. You can live carefree. Not so when you know there is so much to be done.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1 Lesson 24 Day 5: 1 Kings 4:29-34:
Wisdom is a Catch-22 I think is what Solomon is driving home. Knowing about others’ grief brings you grief. Answering with God’s heart is what brightens your face.
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End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promised Land 1 Lesson 24, Day 5: 1 Kings 4:29-34:
In the glory years of Solomon’s kingdom, he used the great wisdom God gave until he fell away from his devotion and worship of God (1 Kings 11:1-11).
Solomon became a prominent and famous man even among kings. In a strong sense, this is the fulfillment of the great promises to an obedient Israel described in Deuteronomy 28.
Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. (Deuteronomy 28:1)
Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. (Deuteronomy 28:10)
In a sense, these blessings came upon Solomon more for David’s obedience than for his own. David was far more loyal and intimate with God than Solomon; yet God outwardly blessed Solomon more for David’s sake than He blessed David himself.
Solomon’s great wisdom – divinely inspired wisdom – makes up a considerable portion of the Book of Proverbs.
Solomon composed many songs but few psalms in the sense that David was the sweet psalmist of Israel (2 Samuel 23:1). This goes back to Solomon’s inferior relationship to God (compared to his father David).
Solomon’s wisdom was not only applied to understanding life and human problems, but also to understanding the world around him. He had a divinely gifted intellect and ability to understand.